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Morrison

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:10 PM
Prairie Ridge Golf Course
903 West Morris Street
Morrison, IL  61270-2036
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Rotary District 6420 held their annual conference the weekend of April 25, at the Blackhaw Hotel in Davenport, IA.  Each year during the conference several Rotarians from throughout the District (48 clubs) are honored for their dedication and service to Rotary.  This year, Morrison Rotary President Elect, Louise Clark, received the award for District Club Officer of the Year.  Louise has been a member of the Morrison Club for four years and as the club secretary for three.  Louise is actively involved in RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) as is her daughter, Emily who is a counselor for the RYLA weekend.  Congratulations to Louise!
Left to right:  Tanner Girard, Club President, Louise Clark, Club Officer of the Year, Shannon Sheffell, District Governor
 
  
 

 
 
Congratulations to Mr. Ron Coplan who was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow times 3. It was also noted that on December 21, 2014, Ron celebrated his 50th year in the Morrison Rotary. Congratulations for both of these worthy achievements Ron! Well Done!
 
 
 
 

 
 
Congratulations to Gary Hayenga on his Paul Harris Fellowship award. Presenting the award is Phil Renkes. Well done Gary!
 

 
 
 
 
Abigail is the daughter of Jeannie and Gary Spencer and Todd Kull.  She is active on the Morrison Dance Team, B.L.I.N.D, Student Government, and Kiwanis Club.  She is a Teacher's aide, a member of National Honor Society and participates in the High School Musicals.    In the community she is a member of the T-7 Running Club, Leanne's Dance Studio, Gateway Contemporary Ballet Co., and ASIST Training.  She loves to dance, run, sing and perform.  She plans to attend a University to major in Sociology or Journalism.  She also wants to become a member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
 
Hunter is the son of Fred and Susan Hamstra.  He is a four  year student council member, a three year Varsity Basketball team member and has been captain of the team for the past two years.  He plans to be on the track team this year as well.  He is a member of the National Honor Society.  In the summers he enjoys helping coach 3rd - 8th grade students on the fundamentals of basketball.  Hunter also helped with the Farmer's Market.   His interests include anything basketball.  He also enjoys reading  novels and socializing with friends.  He plans to attend college but is yet undecided in his major.  Any school with a basketball program would be great!
 
 
                              
                              Rotary welcomed Isabel Vanderbleek and Kyle Vanderleest to their December 10th meeting .
Isabel is the daughter of Joan and Luke Vanderbleek.  She is a member of the Student Council, Key Club, BLIND, Scholastic Bowl Captain, Choir, Madrigrals, and is the Class President.  She serves her community through fundraising for the Clinton Pregnancy Center, as an Altar Server and 3rd grade Catechism teacher at St. Mary's Catholic Church, and as a volunteer for the Rotary Harvest Hammer.  Isabel plants to attend  college majoring in Media/Communications.  She hopes to explore career interests by participating in internships and by taking a variety of courses.  She also hopes to work with campaigns or non-profit organizations.
 
 Kyle is the son of Sandy and Larry Vanderleest.  He is a member of the Key Club, and is a Teacher's Aide.  He is also a 2013 National Honor Society member.  He is an All Stars Youth Group Leader assistant. He belongs to the Illinois High School Rodeo Association and is President as well as a 4-H Member.  He plans to attend South Dakota State University with a major in Agriculture Science and a minor in Agronamy and Animal Science.  While attending college, he plans to continue rodeoing and hopes to make it to the College National Finals Rodeo.  He also plans to take time to rodeo and make it to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.  His long term goals include owning a ranch where he raises corriante roping cattle.  His ultimate goal is to set the new record for most world titles in Rodeo!  Good Luck Kyle!

 

 

At the December 3 Rotary meeting, former Rotarian Robin Green was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow. The purpose of the Paul Harris Society is to honor and thank individuals for their generosity of annual support to The Rotary Foundation.  Congratulations to Robin!

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
District 6420 Governor Shannon Scheffel made a visit to the Morrison Rotary Club on November 12. She shared her vision for the next several years and related success stories from other Rotary Clubs in our district. All in all, it was a very positive visit. She also presented our Club President, Tanner Girard, with a new Rotary placard.
 

 
 

At the September 24 meeting Morrison Rotary welcomed Lt. Adam Leemans, of the U.S. Army.  The Rotary Scholar, formerly known as Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, is a graduate of West Point, first in his class, and now serving in the U.S. Army as a lieutenant. His military occupational specialty is that of a combat engineer. He was sponsored for the Rotary Scholarship by the River City Club.

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643 Participants helped to make this years Harvest Hammer 5K Run/Duathlon a HUGE success!  Thank you to all the sponsors, local organizations and clubs, Rotarians and their families who helped make this event happen.  See the photo album for all the photos.

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A great time was had by all. We had a great turnout, a very nice fire to warm us, and some excellent food prepared by the Morrison Rotary's finest chefs!

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The Morrison Rotary participated in a clean up of a 2 mile stretch from the Dairy Queen to Lyndon Road. Participating in the clean up was Chairmen Mark and Merle, Tanner, Kent and Spring, John, Phil, Ted, Dan, Mick and Stan. Afterwards Merle provided a wonderful dinner complete with beverages and many laughs. Pictured is the crew along with the bags of trash and some treasures collected from the road sweep.Image

 

 
 

President Suellen Girard handed over the gavel to incoming president Tanner Girard officially installing him as the president of the 2014-15 year. The Morrison Rotary Club would like to thank Suellen for her year of service and dedication and look forward to a wonderful year under Tanner's leadership!

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 We want to thank Rotarians Suellen Girard, Danielle Vance, Merle Reisenbigler and Mick Welding for handing out over 80 brand new bicycle helmets to the third grade students at Morrison Southside School on May 16.

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Rotary May students of the Month are Anna Hogue and Joanna Klein. Anna is the daughter of Darryl and Kathy Hogue. She is active in Cheerleading, Student Council, Prom Committee, B.L.I.N.D. and National Honor Society. In the community she volunteers at Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends and family and cooking. She plans to major in Pre-pharmacy at SIU/Edwardsville. Joanna is the daughter of Vicki Hanson. She was a member the Key Club her freshman year. She is an editor and a journalist at The City1.com for three years, helps at Sunday School, painted the signs of the "Mustang" when you come into Morrison, will be painting a mural at St. Peter Church and has volunteered at Paint the Town for 4 years. Her hobbies include painting/drawing, reading and writing. She plans to attend Sauk Valley Community College for a degree in Political science, then transfer to U of I Springfield to Master in a specific field of Political Science. Congratulations to both very deserving students. Keep up the good work!

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Rotarian Kevin Schisler presents the Sauk Valley College Rotary Scholarship to Micheal Hardesty, the Good Citizen Scholarship to Hannah Blacklock and the Rotary All-around Student Scholarship to Brandi Hosford and Cory Brown. Congratulations to all Students!

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Sarah VenHuizen and Kristi McNeece are April Students of the month. Congratulations to two very deserving students.

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The Morrison Rotary club was honored to present Mike Gunderson with a Paul Harris Fellowship and Stephanie Deckro for a Paul Harris Fellowship times 3! Congratulations to both Mike and Stephanie.

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The Morrison Rotary Club would like to congratulate Kathy Schmidt on attaining a Paul Harris Fellowship. Congratulations Kathy on this notable accomplishment.

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Rotary welcomed Morgan McCulloh and Jordan Wiebenga to their January 13 meeting.  Morgan is the daughter of Craig and Regina McCulloh. She is a member of B.L.I.N.D  (Building Lasting Impressions That Never Die) and National Honor Society as well as Key Club, Student Council and Madrigals. She plans to attend Illinois State with a major in communications and Graphic Design.  Jordan is the son of Kevin and Barb Wiebenga.  Jordan is in Band and Jazz band.  He volunteers at his church and plans to go to Sauk and then NIU for Video Gaming.  Congratulations Morgan and Jordan!

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Principal Joe Robbins and Rotarian Drew Hoffman presented dictionaries to 74 Morrison 3rd graders on December 12, 2013. I had them look up the word "service", which had multiple definitions, and had them try to figure out which one fit best with out motto, "service above self". The teachers also were given a dictionary and we had about 15 left over for possible new students.
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The Morrison Rotary club recognized Dr. Dick Vandermyde with a Paul Harris plus 2 award. Dr. Vandermyde is also a Paul Harris Sustaining member. On behalf of the local club and Rotary International, we want to thank Dr. Vandermyde for his benevolence.

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At the January 8th meeting, Rotary welcomed four members to the Paul Harris Fellowship.  Receiving the honorable fellowship was Gary Steinert, Ruth Gundlach, and Jack Otteson.  

Absent from the photo was Mike Gunderson.

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